Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School is a new small school committed to combining a challenging curriculum with a focus on writing and publishing. Students will learn to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to be open to a wide range of ideas and experiences. Students in all programs will write for publication, both in print and online forums.
Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School, fosters the high achievement, healthy growth, and development of every member of the community. The school is uniquely structured to educate, support, and guide students from middle school to high school graduation, building bridges from the earlier grades that lead to college success.
All Preparatory Academy for Writers students will be college ready when they graduate and will be successful in college.
To the parents and students of the Preparatory Academy for Writers,
Our good reputation is starting to spread. We had a record number of applicants to our 6th grade and had to turn away prospective students. In our 9th grade, we have had to create another class because of the number of students who want to come to Writers. Others are learning what we already know, namely that we are one of the best schools in southeast Queens.
Every year we make changes in order to improve our school. We improve our curriculum, we add support systems for our students, we adjust our teaching practices, and we build upon the hard work of the past in order to write a successful future. We are doubling the number of advanced placement classes we offer and increasing the number of credits students can earn in a year. We are instituting a program of academic probation and an extended school day in order to address the needs of our most struggling students. We are creating more stringent promotional criteria in order to ensure that students are prepared for the work that is placed before them. And we are adding a photography class and strengthening our student government.
In this handbook we have attempted to create a resource for students and parents that will document all of the structures and initiatives that we have been able to implement as a result of the last two years of hard work. It is a work in progress. We are, after all, a writing school and we welcome revisions. If we
I thank you in advance for all of your hard work, your commitment to your students, and your dedication to Writers.
Charles Anderson, Principal
Preparatory Academy for Writers
Charles Anderson, Principal
143-10 Springfield Boulevard
Springfield Gardens, NY 11413
Phone: (718) 949-8405
Fax: (718) 525-8495
Accent on Achievement
The Preparatory Academy for Writers is a small school designed for students who have a lot to say, but need to communicate clearly, directly, and powerfully. Our graduates will know how to think on their feet and respond quickly both verbally and in writing to challenges and problems. Our graduates will have the vocabulary to express themselves, and be able to do so with clarity. Teenagers are already in tune with language. The Preparatory Academy for Writers will enable students to master the means of expression and gain confidence both intellectually and socially; find their own voices; and make their voices heard. Too often, teenagers' use of language is limited to repeating received wisdom and cliché. The goal of this school is to help students recognize the uniqueness of the voice that exists within them. The development of this voice involves rigorous examination of human expression in spoken and written form. A key part of this is publishing. Each year our students will publish a book in collaboration with the Student Press Initiative. The result will be a portfolio of writing unmatched by any program in New York City. The real achievement is learning the power of words and expression. Little compares to the feeling students have seeing their work professionally published and presented in permanent format. The entire learning process -- conception, drafts, editing, refining, formatting, layout, production, and printing -- is the mission of the Preparatory Academy for Writers.
The Circle of Family and Community
A safe, respectful, and welcoming school environment is a hallmark of the Preparatory Academy for Writers. Parents are our partners. Parents are expected to be active members of the community by attending community celebrations, academic planning conferences, and by developing a relationship with us that focuses on their children's success.
Special School Features
- Small classes in all grades, 75 students per grade
- Advisory program
- Extended day until 3:45 p.m. (Tuesday and Thursday)
- Student Government
- Extensive intramural sports program
- Academic tutoring and homework help
- Advanced Placement Program (AP) courses
- College admissions guidance center
- RoadMap-personalized learning plans
- Community service opportunities
- Peer tutoring
- Youth leadership
The Preparatory Academy for Writers fosters the high achievement, healthy growth, and development of every member of the community. The school is uniquely structured to educate, support, and guide students from middle school through high school graduation, building bridges from the earlier grades that lead to college success.